Body found on upper Susitna ID'd as missing Wasilla hunter

zhollander@adn.comSeptember 18, 2013 

A body found along the Susitna River on Sept. 11 has been identified as the Wasilla hunter swept off his ATV a year ago while trying to cross a rain-swollen creek, Alaska State Troopers said.

Bartlett A. Barnes, 51, tried to cross Butte Creek near Mile 80 of the Denali Highway, troopers said. A group of hunters stranded by high water -- there were about 50, reports show -- called troopers when they saw Barnes go in the water and get carried downstream. He was believed to have drowned, troopers said at the time.

A moose hunter on a fly-in trip last week reported finding a badly decomposed human body on the west bank of the Susitna about a half-mile upstream from Tyone Creek, troopers said. Troopers got to the remote area in a helicopter, recovered the body and transported it to the Alaska State Medical Examiner Office. Barnes' next of kin has been notified, troopers said.

Butte Creek flows into the Susitna just south of the Denali Highway. Tyone Creek is roughly 30 miles downriver.

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Reach Zaz Hollander at zhollander@adn.com or 257-4317.

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